No tears for worn out main street build­ing

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FOR LiveLife Phar­macy Air­lie Beach owner Al­lan Milostic, the im­pend­ing de­mo­li­tion and re-devel­op­ment of the main street build­ing owned by Des Davey has been a long time com­ing.

Mr Milostic has owned the phar­macy, which is sit­u­ated in the west­ern cor­ner of the build­ing, since the early 2000s.

“It is a wel­come change,” he said.

“It’s some­thing we’ve an­tic­i­pated and looked for­ward to for 10 years.

“We moved in here ex­pect­ing to have a new build­ing sooner rather than later, so it’s been a long, long wait.”

The build­ing has been the sub­ject of a num­ber of dif­fer­ent devel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and con­tro­versy over the past 18 years.

The site was once ear­marked for in­cor­po­ra­tion into the FKP Out­rig­ger project and prior to the main street up­grade there was talk it would be bought to al­low for a bend in the road.

“It’s seen mul­ti­ple floods over the years,” Mr Milostic re­called.

“I was closed for five months one time be­cause we had a me­tre of wa­ter through the shop.

“The build­ing it­self is worn down. I love be­ing right here in the mid­dle of town, but... It’s given me more grief than joy.”

The new build­ing will be flood-proofed, and in­clude the phar­macy, a travel agent, bar and bistro, with two lev­els of bou­tique ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion above it.

Mr Milostic said he was ex­cited to move into the build­ing once con­struc­tion of the ground level was fin­ished around De­cem­ber / Jan­uary 2016.

In the mean­time, Mr Mi­los- tic said they would be tem­po­rar­ily closing down.

“We’re just trans­fer­ring our pa­tient files and ev­ery­thing across the road to Livelife Air­lie Day and Night chemist, so they’ll sort of con­tinue to ser­vice ev­ery­one.”

The build­ing will be de­mol­ished early next week.

FAREWELL: LiveLife Phar­macy’s Paula Tier­ney, Blake and Jai Brown, Lisa Whit­worth, Danielle Zwynen­burg, Ste­vie Smith, Chantel Gough, Ryan McKin­non, owner Al­lan Milostic, Wally Maguire and Re­nee Kampe on their last day of work in the Des Davey build­ing be­fore it was de­mol­ished.

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